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Peekskill Students '26 Stars' Sandy Hook Video Shown At NY Philharmonic

Peekskill students assemble outside Lincoln Center during a two-day field trip.
Peekskill students assemble outside Lincoln Center during a two-day field trip. Photo Credit: Contributed

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill students in 5th and 6th grades visited Lincoln Center recently.

The two-day trip included attending a concert of the New York Philharmonic for the Young People's Concerts for Schools series.

Accompanied by Peekskill’s Performing Art Department Leader Crystal Hernandez, Peekskill Middle School’s Band Director Franklyn Vasquez, and Hillcrest’s Band Director Katie Lester, students watched as one of the most popular symphony orchestras in the world paid homage to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. This year’s concert theme is: “Jean Sibelius: Music of a Hero, Music of a Nation."

Before the trip, all music teachers were given the opportunity to submit a video demonstrating how their students are heroes.

Lester and Hernandez sent one of the Peekskill students performing "26 Stars," a song Hernandez personally composed in memory of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

The performance video was featured at the concert on their first day of attendance, and was included in a compilation of different video clips on the second day.

“The students could not believe that we had secretly submitted this video, and that they were recognized so publicly for their song,” said Hernandez.

“This trip was an amazing experience for our students-one that we know they will never forget.”

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